The International Baccalaureate Journey
in our Reggio-Inspired School
This year we embarked on the first year of our International Baccalaureate (IB) journey. IB schools incorporate the best educational practices from national and international research and the IB global community. They encourage students to be curious, open-minded, and internationally-focussed .
The IB accreditation process takes three years to complete. In Year 1 the focus for our school has been on two IB themes: Who We Are and How We Express Ourselves. Our faculty connects their curriculum objectives to these larger themes. Students benefit from the integration of these themes across subjects, in addition to developing characteristics of successful learners: risk takers, communicators, and open-minded inquirers, to name just a few.
We are being shepherded through this process by our in-house IB Coordinator, Ms. Joanne Pace, and our IB World Schools Consultant, Ms. Judy MacLellan. We were fortunate to have Ms. MacLellan attend our recent Student Led Learning Exhibit, where we chose to profile the IB work we have undertaken to date.
Feedback from parents, Ms. MacLellan, and other guests was very positive. Our school community appreciates the rich learning that is happening, how we document the learning, and how our students are able to clearly communicate their learning. As a Reggio-inspired school, we have had a focus on the documentation of learning for many years, and this has been helpful in the process to become an IB-certified school.
When we receive our certification we will be only the second school in Ontario that implements the Reggio Emilia philosophy and the IB framework. We are very proud of the work we do here at Richland and I wish to thank all of you who came out to support our students during the Learning Exhibit.
Head of School